If you’re a fan of certain “robots take over the world movies,” –the list truly goes on forever– you might think this latest twist is chock full of irony.The CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX could hardly be classified as an anti-technology Luddite. That said, he definitely doesn’t support every major technological advance and in particular he thinks artificial intelligence is extremely dangerous. Putting humanity in situations that resemble sci-fi classics is how he feels about it.
Per Engadget, Musk told an MIT symposium last week that artificial intelligence represents “our biggest existential threat” as a species and says that toying with AI is akin to “summoning the demon.” Really? Really?! “We need to be very careful with artificial intelligence,” explained Musk. “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon. You know those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s like — Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out.”
I’d like to say it was a moment of extreme stress or worry, but he’s been caught spouting the terminator ending of our civilization before. What do you think?